East Africa mourns fallen tennis player Gasigwa

By sportsnewsarena correspondent
Jan 08, 2022
  • Rwanda top player Jean-Claude Gasigwa died this morning in Kigali.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Former Kenya Open tennis finalist Rwandese Jean-Claude Gasigwa,31, died on Thursday in Kigali. According to New Times, the top seeded Rwandese player collapsed and died on the spot at Cercle Sportif de Kigali in Rugunga.

Gasigwa who played in the Kenya open last June was found dead by fellow players at a field where he was jogging with initial reports pointing towards possible cardiac arrest.

Kenya’s top tennis player Ismael Changawa who last met him when they played at the Uganda Open last year was shocked by the sudden demise of his ‘best friend in tennis’.

“It is unbelievable that Gasigwa is gone. It is a big loss for tennis in the region. He was a great player, a fighter and was doing great in his game. I will miss him, he was my best friend in tennis,” Changaywa  told sportsnewsarena. He was never drawn against the Rwandan in the numerous events they both featured. 

Gasigwa returned to Nairobi last year seeking the elusive Kenya open title but was stopped by Ugandan Duncan Mugabe in the semi-final 2-6,3-6.

In 2013 he had lost to the Ugandan player in the men’s final.

 According to the circuit records he had played 51 single matches in ATP/WTA Tour and ITF Pro Circuit winning six of the ties.

Last September he won the ITF/CAT Rwanda Money Circuit beating Ugandan David Oringa, his fifth circuit title.

He had also won the Ugandan open last year and was looking forward to competing in the Davis Cup this season.